Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Intersection Between Plotting and Pantsing

Finding the intersection between plotting and pantsing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Unreliable Narrators

What is an unreliable narrator and how can it affect your writing?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Building Up Your Horror Story Before You Tear It Down

Tips on how to build up your horror story before you tear it all down.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: What Makes Your Stories Uniquely You?

Tap into the formative experiences that made you and apply them to your fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Story Dissection — "In His House"

Richard dissects his epistolary horror story, "In His House."
Richard Thomas

Storyville: What Do You Have the Authority to Write?

Experience vs. research: What stories are yours to tell?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Advanced Storytelling Techniques

Tips for how to execute some advanced storytelling techniques.
Fred Venturini

All Hail the Slasher: The Rise and Legacy of an Iconic Subgenre of Horror

Freddy. Michael. Jason. How did slasher films dominate the horror genre in the 70's and 80's? Let's examine the rise of the subgenre and it's legacy as pure cinematic experience.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Sympathy for the Devil

In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
Joshua Isard

When To Utilize An Ensemble Cast and How To Do It Well

Would your story benefit from multiple POVs? And does it have the scope to sustain them?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Horror Story vs. Horror Novel

How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Eight New, Mashed Up Sub-Genres

Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Leaving Room for the Reader in Your Fiction

Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
Leah Dearborn

The Optical Illusion of Perspective In Storytelling

Skilled writers perform a kind of optical illusion of the mind's eye, creating language that matches and expands upon our own real life experiences.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Playing With Point of View

Perspective and point of view in fiction is often slippery and elusive.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Fool Your Readers

Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
Susan DeFreitas

The Minds of Others: 6 POV Hacks for Fiction

In fiction, each point of view (POV) choice comes with both strengths and limitations. Consider this your cheat sheet for overcoming those limitations.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing a Novel Without Plotting it Out

Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing About Taboo Subjects

When writing about taboo subjects, be careful how you do it.
Leah Dearborn

Live Dangerously with Second-Person Perspective

Second-person perspective is one of those things that becomes more intriguing the more you are told not to use it.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Fiction As Film—Writing Scenes That Are Visual

How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.